BGS v TGS – 1st XV (2012)
2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 2 - First XV
Brisbane Grammar School (H) - 29
Toowoomba Grammar School (A) - 12
With Brisbane Grammar’s pasting of State High last weekend fresh in mind, the convincing scoreline of 29-12 over a strong Toowoomba outfit seems to add a major feather to the cap of BGS’ title hopes. While their performance was certainly good, the scoreline did not reflect the match played.
The first half was a dour affair. Through the boot of talented flyhalf Sam Greene, BGS helped everyone at the ground revise their three times tables, taking many a long shot at the posts to keep the
scorebored ticking over. Opportunities to do so were not rare commodities either – the half was punctuated frequently by the referee’s whistle for both indiscretions and errors.
Neither team gained any momentum or showed much promise. Heart rates rose briefly in the fourteenth minute as Toowoomba were able to dive over the line for a simple try off a quick tap, though slumber was swiftly recalled soon thereafter. 12-5 at half time to BGS.While the first half was dour, the second opened at a cracking pace. BGS dotted down two tries within the opening three minutes, the first through good pick and drives and the second off an intercepted spilled ball, polished with a 70m run to the line. In reward for supporting the break, the BGS loosehead scooped up the final pass to get the try. 24-5.
The game again settled into its earlier rhythm, with solid play by both sides interrupted by handling errors and offences at the breakdown. Toowoomba were able to again get over the line for a simple try, taking their tally to 12 points, and it wasn’t until a moment of individual skill from 10. Sam Greene in the closing minutes that BGS were able to score again. Having regathered a chip well above his head (and with the ball still on the rise), Greene booted the ball downfield and led all chasers to score a great individual try. This being the last scoring movement of the match, the score settled at 29-12.
In the end, BGS scored three tries to Toowoomba’s two and but for the talented Greene, the sides would have been very difficult to separate. First, and interestingly, Greene in many instances defended at fullback in a Quade Cooper-esque manner. When tested, his defence was perfectly sound – it appears merely a ploy to maximise counterattacking potential and many times, Greene was able to attack with aplomb or return kicks with interest. It seems a good strategy by BGS.
Second and finally, of course a team should not be disparaged, at least in most instances, from taking three points when they’re on offer. Accordingly, BGS were deserved winners in this contest. Nonetheless, while both teams showed a fair amount of grit they must both tighten up their play for future rounds to realise their undoubted potential.